Dienstag, 26. Mai 2015

David Berkman - Old And New Friends

Pianist and composer David Berkman just released his recent album which appears on Palmett Records. The fact that he worked on this record with some long time companions and some more recent fellow musicians is simply put in the title "Old And New Friends"

Right from the first notes you can tell the fresh jazz approach in Berkman's tracks. His band features saxophonists Dayna Stephens, Adam Kolker, Billy Drewes, bassist Linda Oh and Brian Blade on drums. The music really sounds like a group of friends having fun putting some colour in brand new jazz compositions. So there's a very playful and lively character to tracks like "No Blues No Really No Blues" or "Up Jumped Ming". Other tunes like "West 180th Street" feature more of a quiet and maybe even cinematic vibe. It's that old recipe of great melody lines that lead to passages of improvisation and back again - a standard outfit but exercised in a very beautiful way with positive moods.

Stream a few tracks on Soundcloud.

Sonntag, 24. Mai 2015

Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellas - Illegal Move

It is nice to see more and more contemporary artists on the Tramp Records roster since you can always count on the quality of this label's output. This quality transfers to the latest album by Dokkerman & the Turkeying Fellas entitled "Illegal Move".

This highly dynamic funk ensemble from Humgary is providing you with some serious grooves. There is strong Afrobeat influence which shows in the combination of funky guitars, heavy brass sections and steady rhythms. A very enthusiastic and charismatic singer provides the perfect vocals for this dynamic sound. But it really doesn't stop there, tracks like "Snake Bite" show more of a slow cinematic approach while a few other tunes seem to incorporate some old school oriented funk vibes. The collective among keyboard player Tamas Michelberger (Dokkerman) has got all the tools and energy to put all this into very impressive vibes and hard hitting grooves.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Samstag, 23. Mai 2015

Contemporary Heavy Rock Mixtape

The name says it all: Heavy Rock Tunes - Contemporary Releases !

Hot Lunch - China Banks
Hydromedusa - Wintertime Blues
Red Engine Caves - Black Mary
Benjamin Booker - Have You Seen My Son?
Peace Creep - Dream Vacation
Greanleaf - Equators
BoneHawk - Argenia
The Shrine - Destroyers
Headquake - All Night Long
Deadweight Express - Six Feet In A Grave

Donnerstag, 21. Mai 2015

Scott D - Dreams Of The Future

The man behind one of last year's freshest rap releases is back with a new record. Scott D from California -  the guy who gives new life to instumentals you've probably heard before with some nice wordplays and rhymes.

In the first few tracks off "Dreams Of The Future" he tames beats that probably were not supposed to be rapped over. But just like on his previous EP Scott D always finds a way to get his flow going. This time the instrumentals are provided by Bonobo, Jamie xx, Flying Lotus, Oddisee, Madlib, Air, Wes Pendleton and Nujabes. His positive style with countless references and name dropping is always surrounded by fresh sound productions and great vibes - and it's always for free.

Get the full stream and free download on Bandcamp.

Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2015

Big Business - Battlefields Forever

Big Business is truly one of the best and persistent bands out there when it comes to heavy sludge sounds. Technically their latest record "Battefields Forever" might not be brand new, but its release on Solar Flare Records is - reason enough to mention it here.

If you're familiar with the tracks of this dynamic trio you know that this music is far from pretty. It's more like three blokes playing an extremely loud brand of rock and roll. It is noisy and full of raw and dangerous energy. On top of that there is probably nobody out there who is better qualified in putting this noisy mess into rhythmic rock monsters than producer Dave Curran and Andrew Schneider. There is a high degree of intensity in every song that varies from thundering and stomping sounds to fast smashers like "Our Mutant".

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.